Do You Have Allergies And Pets?
People with allergies tend to feel that they miss out on things now and then. It’s definitely hard having to completely avoid certain foods or places. However, in recent years, much has changed for the better. People with milk allergies have more options than ever for enjoying treats like dairy-free ice cream (that actually tastes good!) without triggering their allergies. People with gluten and wheat allergies are finding more and more food manufacturers and restaurants are catering to their increasingly common needs. And animal lovers are even finding that breeders are learning to produce pets far less likely to trigger an allergic reaction.
For families with even one allergic member, having the traditional family dog used to be impossible. However, as breeders have become more sophisticated and our understanding of allergies has improved, this too has changed. Says expert Georgia dog breeder Kristen Savery of Skye Doodles, “Having a family dog while having allergies just isn’t the problem it used to be. There are several breeds available now that are consistently allergy-friendly. You just have to do your research.”
When looking for an allergy-friendly dog, keep the following in mind:
- There is no such thing as a truly 100% hypoallergenic dog. For example, some people are allergic dogs’ saliva, and that’s not avoidable. So, it’s important to understand what it is that you’re allergic to.
- Typically, people who are allergic to dogs are allergic to their fur and dander. In this case, you may be able to have a dander-free, non-shedding dog without triggering your allergies.
- Consider breeds such as Labradoodles and Goldendoodles both of which can be non-shedding, dander-free dogs after the first generation. You may also want to consider Multi-Generation Australian Labradoodles, which are always non-shedding and dander-free because they carry bloodlines including multiple low-allergen breeds: Poodle, Labrador, Irish Water Spaniel, American Cocker Spaniel, and English Cocker Spaniel. However, it’s important to understand the difference between all the sub-types of these usually allergy-friendly dogs before proceeding with an adoption.
- Try before you buy. Once you’ve narrowed down your search, spend some time with the dog you wish to adopt, if possible. See how you feel before, during, and after exposure to the dog, and take emergency allergy treatment with you just in case.
The world has opened up for people living with allergies of all types. Just as people with Celiac are finding gluten-free menus popping up all over, animal lovers with dander allergies are finally able to consider having a pet!
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